Saturday, May 30, 2009

Nesting Turkeys

Farmer Pat placed a hollow log in the turkey pen so our turkey hens (females) can lay their eggs in private. A hen will lay about 12-18 eggs and then sit on them. The gestation of the turkey egg is about 28 days.Yikes, we'll have a lot of poults (baby turkeys) running around soon.

See the minature turkey in the center of this picture? You're right, it's not a turkey, but don't tell her that. Last spring one of the guinea hens laid an egg in a turkey nest while the turkey hen was out eating. The turkey hen returned and hatched out this guinea with the rest of her poults (baby turkey). This winter we had both turkeys and guineas penned together but come spring when we left the guineas free range and penned the turkeys in their outdoor living quarters, she found her way back to the turkey pen and hasn't left since.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Quadruplets...oh my!

Half&Half had 4 kids! The old gal was awfully big so we knew she'd have twins or triplets but quads?!? 65% of all nanny goats will have twins with the remainder having single births or triplets. Quadruplets and quintuplets are rare.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Now that's a hand full!

Know what Grace has in her hand?
Milk of course! Farmer Bonnie helps Grace collect the milk from Elsie the farm's Holstein cow. Holsteins are the most popular cow in Wisconsin because they produce the most milk. Do I hear a Moooo.......?
Not to be out done by her big sister, Evelyn proudly holds one of the farms' full grown hens. Now I'd say that's a hand full.

Who can resist those cute little kittens.

Thank you to the Annual Pass holding family who shared these photos with us.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Early Morning Delivery

Farmer Pat was happy to see our mare, Blondie finally have her foal. This cute little filly (girl) was born about 5:00 am this morning, Thursday May 19th. Her mother (mare) is Blondie and her dad is Prince (stallion). Visit our March 30th posting titled "Thunder Storm" to see a picture of Prince. Unlike Storm who looks more like dad, you can see Princess looks more like her mom.

Perhaps we should have called her Long Legged Sally?!? Will her body ever catch up?

Princess was exhausted after having over 270 students visit her today on her "birth"-day. Both Blondie and Princess enjoyed the sun filled day.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Welcome to Mulberry Lane Farm

What is Mulberry Lane Farm (MLF) all about? Many may think we just have tons of farm animals. Well, as much as that is true, MLF is so much more. We take pride in preserving the country farming heritage throughout the farm. I thought I'd give you a sneak peak at just one small area of the farm...The Granary.

Come on in...we are glad you came.

Right inside The Granary to the left you will see a bedspring from the original Schwaubenlander home where we have displayed different farm tools.

Canned Goods from Door County for Sale.

And of course Souvenirs

Old farm kitchenware display and more!

Barn hill leading to Hay Mow. I've kept the doors closed on purpose. You'll have to come to see for yourself what's inside.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Spring Babies

At Mulberry Lane Farm spring is a very active time. Throughout the spring season we have all kinds of babies being born.
Leena is happy to be holding a baby duckling. Elizabeth is gently holding a baby chick.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Welcome home Peanut!

Today was move in day for our sow (female pig) Peanut and her piglets. Peanut visits a neighboring farm during the winter where she can meet a handsome boar (male pig). Our farmer friend knows exactly when Peanut can visit her male friend because he knows it takes 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days for her to have her piglets. Peanut had her 10 piglets on Friday, April 24th.

Oh, Oh...looks like someone got pointed in the wrong direction.

Lightening and Rain

When Farmer Pat came to do chores this morning he found a new little one in the barn. Our Shetland ewe (Mom) had a lamb during the night. Like mother, like daughter! Since the new born looks so much like Mom, named Lightening because of the white lightening bolt on her forehead, we decided to name the new lamb Rain.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

9 Lives has Kittens

Mama cats like to hide thier kittens to keep them safe until they are old enough to protect themselves. Therefore, it took us a few days to locate them but we finally found 9 Lives' hiding place. She had 4 kittens in the middle Granary.

9 Lives is a calico cat. That means she has a mix of orange, black and white fur. When you see a calico cat you are pretty safe to say she is a female. Virtually all calico cats are. A male calico is a genetic anomaly. That means it would be very rare.